Nintendo UK warns of 'tight' Wii U stock on launch day
Those looking to purchase a Wii U in the UK might have to wait a little longer than expected. It's being reported that Wii U stock levels in the UK will be "tight" on day one. The report originated from CVG after a few retailers admitted that they don't have enough Wii U units to fulfill pre-orders.
Following up, a Nintendo UK rep confirmed, "Wii U stock levels will be tight on day one."
"However, we will be providing retailers with regular stock deliveries in the run up to Christmas in order to meet demand as quickly as possible," the rep added.
For all we know, this only applies to UK retailers. We've reached out to Nintendo to see if retailers in the United States will be affected by shortages and we'll be sure to let you know what we hear back.
The fears of shortage come not long after Nintendo announced expectations to sell 5.5 million Wii U consoles by the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2013. Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, told investors on Wednesday that "production capacity, rather than consumer demand, that will place limits on our Wii U prospects for this calendar year."
The Wii U is set to release on November 18, 2012 in the U.S., with pre-orders quickly selling out at many retailers. Target is one of the retailers in the United States who announced pre-orders are still available. Let the holiday rush begin ladies and gentlemen!